• PROGRAMMATIC OVERVIEW
     
    At the elementary level, students participate in Responsive Classroom activities with their classroom teachers. In addition, all students receive weekly Social Health lessons which are connected to the district Social Health Themes. These lessons may be taught by the classroom teacher and/or the Guidance Counselor. On occasion, the nurse, school psychologist, principal, assistant principal or community police officer may teach a lesson as well.
     
    The 5th Grade students also participate in regular lessons taught by Peer Educators from the High School.
     
    The Peer Educators are trained by High School Guidance Counselors and teach developmentally appropriate lessons which are connected to the Social Health Curriculum and the identified themes. Topics at these grade levels may include: Adjusting to the new grade, Understanding Self and Others, Listening Skills, Communication Skills, Identifying Emotional Feelings, Empathy, Impulse Control, Anger Management, Conflict Resolution, Bullying, Choices and Consequences, Problem Solving, Creating Peaceful Community, Conflict Resolution, Social Skills, Tolerance and Acceptance of Others, Managing Stress, Assertiveness, Personal Safety( including sexual abuse prevention), Self Esteem and Substance Abuse Education.

    Additionally, grade five grade students participate in an annual Puberty Education Program which is offered to parents and their children in the evening. This is a two part program with parents attending the first evening and then parents and children attending the second evening. The program is conducted by school counselors and nurses with support from a local pediatrician. 
     
    Counselors in the Classroom
    • Understanding Self and Others
    • Teasing and Bullying
    • Telling vs. Tattling
    • Stress Management
    • Making Good Choices
    • Managing Angry Feelings
    • Making Friends

    Special Assemblies

    • Conflict Resolution
    • Alone at Home Safety
    • Internet Safety
    • Water Safety
    • Healthy Eating
    • Fire Safety

    Specific Programming

    • Bully Proofing
    • Understanding Differences
    • Violence Prevention, Empathy Training
    • Drug and Alcohol Prevention
    • Peer Education
    • Sex Abuse prevention

    Short-Term Work with Individuals or Small Groups

    • Social Skills: Eye Contact, Friend Skills, Body Language, etc.
    • Adjustment: Divorce, Moving, Loss, Changing Families
    • Building Self Esteem Groups
    • Circle of Friends

    Parent Resources

    • Puberty Education Nights
    • Parenting Resources Library: Books and Videos
    • Individual Parents Consultation
    In the implementation of these services, the following resources are utilized: Responsive Classroom Program, Social Health Lessons, Second Step Violence Prevention, various videos, various children’s literature books, Lifeskills Curriculum, the “All about Drugs” Prevention Program and school- wide initiatives such as the “Acts of Courage” program.